Never A Dull Moment
Never A Dull Moment 1971, the Year That Rock Exploded By Hepworth, David Book - 2016

According to David Hepworth, author of “Never a Dull Moment: 1971 the Year That Rock Exploded”, 1971 was the year that rock music came of age. That might be so, but as a listener of rock on the radio in those days, I can’t say I noticed. Maybe that is something that can only be realized in retrospect. I do remember some great music from that time, in fact, my favorite song and album came out in ’71. The song is “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, from my favorite album “Who’s Next” by The Who. Coincidentally, Hepworth writes that “ “Who’s Next” sits at the center of 1971’s claim to be the most perfect moment in the short history of rock and roll, and with each passing year that claim grows stronger.” Well, yes. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Actually, though, Hepworth provides a boatload of interesting info about the musicians and the music of 1971. The times they were a’changin’, as the song goes. In addition to “Who’s Next, such timeless rock standards as “Led Zeppelin IV”, “Sticky Fingers” by the Stones, “The Yes Album” and “Fragile” by Yes, “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” by the Moody Blues, Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung”, “Tapestry”, by Carole King, “LA Woman” by the Doors, and Badfinger’s underrated “Straight Up”, among many others, burst on to the scene in 1971, “the year that rock exploded.” And, in “Never a Dull Moment”, we see that the effects of that explosion are still rippling throughout our culture today.

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